The Legacy of Ivo Andrić

The Memorial Museum of Ivo Andrić (Travnik, 1882 - Belgrade, 1975) is housed in the apartment in which the writer lived and worked. Ivo Andrić was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961. His greatest novels (The Bridge on the Drina, The Woman from Sarajevo and Bosnian Chronicle) were written in Belgrade during the Nazi occupation between 1941 and 1945. The entrance hall, drawing room and Ivo Andrić’s study with a large library have preserved their authentic appearance. Valuable pieces of antique furniture and 18th- and 19th-century applied art objects, as well as paintings, watercolours and drawings by eminent artists like Petar Lubarda, Peđa Milosavljević, Milo Mulunović, Ignjat Job, Stojan Aralica and Nedeljko Gvozdenović, exhibited in the drawing room and the study are a part of the rich collection preserved among the writer’s belongings. The remaining rooms in the apartment were adapted to house the permanent exhibition of the Memorial Museum, which gives a brief chronological overview of the life and opus of this Nobel Prize laureate, as a writer and a diplomat. Photographs, documents, manuscripts, correspondence and books mark important dates and events, providing, at the same time, a valuable depiction of Ivo Andrić’s contemporaries – writers, artists, politicians, journalists and friends.

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